Division II softball: Woodcreek moves into winners' bracket final

Timberwolves top defending-champ Casa Roble; Roseville falls in first round
By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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The Woodcreek Timberwolves dominated, but the Roseville Tigers came up short Friday night in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II tournament at the Sacramento Softball Complex.

Woodcreek defeated Kennedy 3-0 on a shutout by Lexi Wilkerson. The Tigers lost to Casa Roble 6-5 after the Rams scored two runs in the fourth inning.

On Saturday, Woodcreek rode Amanda Horbasch's seven-strikeout complete game to a 7-2 victory over defending-champion Casa Roble.

Paige Davis had a leadoff single in the first, scored on a single by Frankie Orlando, and the Timberwolves were on their way. They scored three runs in the third, two on a single by Orlando, and a two-run knock by Davis keyed a three-run fourth.

"(Casa Roble was) the defending champion, they won their league, and we scored seven runs on them," Timberwolves coach Art Banks said. "We feel good we were able to hit the ball and score some runs."

On Friday,  Wilkerson made Kennedy batters look foolish by changing speeds. The Timberwolves struck in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Christal Vierra,
who struck again with another RBI single in the sixth.

“She (Wilkerson) just had to come after them and she did,” Banks said. “Just threw strikes and got ahead in the count, and things worked out from there.

“There were some things we could’ve done in this game that we started to do later on where we did score runs. Those kind of things, we just need to realize those things real fast and make those things happen.”

Roseville and Casa Roble were caught in a back-and-forth offensive game. The Rams took a 4-1 lead after the first inning, but Roseville stormed back in the third. Kalei Levy led off with a one-out single and Mackensie Priley drew a walk.

An error loaded the bases, setting up a sacrifice fly by Naomi Monahan. Taylor McDowell and Kayla Fields hit back-to-back RBI singles to give the Tigers the lead.

Casa regained the lead in the fourth, but Roseville continued to battle.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Rams loaded the bases with no outs, but Fields worked out of the jam with two pop-ups and a groundout. However, the Tigers came up scoreless in the seventh.

“I am proud of them, because they didn’t give up,” Roseville coach Jennifer Birch said. “We left it all on the field; that was our goal. Win, lose or draw, leave it all out on the field. We have put in the work and put in the time, and they didn’t give up.”

Woodcreek will play Del Campo at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the winners’ bracket final. Del Campo defeated Christian Brothers 6-5 on Saturday. Casa Roble and Christian Brothers will meet in an elimination game at 4 p.m. Tuesday.